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An offering of the Mercy Center
Centering Prayer Program


A Welcoming Prayer Retreat


Aug 29-Sep 1, 2018
Wednesday 6:00 pm to
Saturday 9:00 am

$360 Overnight / $300 Commuter

Registration closes August 22, 2018

"To welcome and to let go is one of the most radically loving, faith-filled gestures we can make in each moment of each day. It is an open-hearted embrace of all that is in ourselves and in the world." Mary Mrozowski, creator of the Welcoming Prayer




The Welcoming Prayer is a method of welcoming and letting go of thoughts and feelings that support the false-self system. It provides a method to dismantle the emotional programs for happiness that lead us away from God. An established practice of the Welcoming Prayer can help us to live our intention to consent to God's presence and action within and around us. It can free us to embrace life present moment by present moment.

This weekend retreat provides an in-depth introduction, review, and immersion into the Welcoming Prayer. The retreat is not completely silent but alternates brief periods of silence with intensive study and practice of the Welcoming Prayer.




Cherry Haisten serves on the Contemplative Outreach national team for the Welcoming Prayer, travels around the country to lead workshops as a part of Contemplative Outreach's Living Flame program, and facilitates various contemplative retreats.

Cherry is program director of The Center at St. Andrew's, a healing and lifelong learning ministry of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Seattle, where she also serves as a Eucharistic minister, healing minister, and licensed lay preacher.

To learn more, read The Practice of Welcoming Prayer.






Print Daily retreat schedule will be posted soon
Print Welcome & orientation will be posted soon




Overnight registration includes:

  •  Single bedrooms; dormitory-style bathrooms; kitchenette on each floor
  •  Locally-sourced fresh produce, soups, salad, vegetarian and meat entrees
  •  Guests are welcome to bring foods to supplement our meal service
  •  We cannot provide all-vegan or special dietary menus




PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR TRANSACTION ONLY ONCE. Submitting more than once results in a duplicate transaction. If you do not see a completion message or receive a confirmation email, contact us. We will send you a copy of the transaction confirmation.

Please read all of the following information:

  •  We accept MasterCard and Visa, USA and Canada only
  •  Please select either Overnight or Commuter registration
  •  Mercy Sisters and Associates select the RSM-BurlAssoc rate
  •  An account is optional—credit card data is not stored

Overseas Residents: Email to register.

Or call (650) 340-7474 for further information.




Please read our cancellation and refund policy.